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James has gone from climbing near his family home in the Peak District of England to exploring walls and mountains in exotic locations around the globe everywhere from Tazmania to Thailand. His first venture into rock climbing came at the age of 15 and it was soon clear that he was blessed with a naturally elegant climbing style. However, he also had the dedication and commitment to refine and develop that talent and by the age of 19 he was already one of the UK’s brightest climbing stars. James has been scouring the planet for more demanding challenges ever since. 

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Caro climbing on a TNF expedition to Jordan.  © Caroline Ciavaldini

Interview James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini - Training at Home with a Baby

James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini are hosting a live webinar on YouTube tonight at 7 p.m. UK time on their Once Upon a Climb Channel. The webinar, titled 'An Adventure State of Mind', will discuss the mindset required to explore and...

The Walk of Life  © Hot Aches Productions
The Walk of Life  © Hot Aches Productions

Fri Night Vid James Pearson - The Walk of Life

In 2008, James Pearson made the first ascent of The Walk of Life Dyer's Lookout on the North Devon Coast. The route climbs a direct start to Ian Vickers' Dyer Straits (E8 6c) which was protected by pegs.  At the time Pearson graded the route E12...

Sawanabori  © The North Face
Sawanabori  © The North Face

Fri Night Vid Sawanobori - Climbing Waterfalls in Japan

Our Friday Night Video this week is a trip to Japan to climb the country's highest waterfall: Shomyo Falls in Toyama. Sawanobori is the Japanese art of climbing a mountain river to its source, involving scrambling up gullies, ravines and...

Yuji Hirayama and James Pearson discuss the route ahead.  © The North Face
Yuji Hirayama and James Pearson discuss the route ahead.  © The North Face

Article Sawanobori - James Pearson on Climbing Waterfalls in Japan

On Wednesday 20th March, UKC hosted The North Face Speaker Series 'Sawanobori' film launch,...

James Pearson: Beyond the Mostest  © James Pearson
James Pearson: Beyond the Mostest  © James Pearson

Video James Pearson: Beyond the Mostest

In November 2017, James Pearson made the first ascent of Power Ranger 5.14 R at Sunset Rocks, Chattanooga, TN. A video has...

James Pearson on Power Ranger 5.14 R  © Pietro Porro/ La Sportiva
James Pearson on Power Ranger 5.14 R  © Pietro Porro/ La Sportiva

News Power Ranger - 5.14 R First Ascent by James Pearson

James Pearson has made the first ascent of a run-out 8c trad line at Sunset Rocks, Chattanooga, TN, which he...

James Pearson makes the first ascent of Le Voyage E10 7a  © Caroline Ciavaldini
James Pearson makes the first ascent of Le Voyage E10 7a  © Caroline Ciavaldini

Fri Night Vid James Pearson E10 at Annot

Back in May, we reported that James Pearson had made the first ascent of an impressive E10 7a crack line at Annot, in Provence....

James Pearson climbing Rhapsody, E11 7a  © Chris Prescott/ Hot Aches Productions
James Pearson climbing Rhapsody, E11 7a  © Chris Prescott/ Hot Aches Productions

News Rhapsody E11 7a repeat for James Pearson

James Pearson on The Jackals, E8 Pembroke  © Wild Country
James Pearson on The Jackals, E8 Pembroke  © Wild Country

Newsflash James Pearson Flashes Pembroke E9

James Pearson on The Jackals, E8 Pembroke  © Wild Country
James Pearson on The Jackals, E8 Pembroke  © Wild Country

Video James Pearson Talks Trad & Flashes E8

James Pearson on Progression - F8c  © Dave Simmonite (still shot from video)
James Pearson on Progression - F8c  © Dave Simmonite (still shot from video)

Video James Pearson - F8c

James relaxing on a Barcelona Rooftop  © James Pearson Collection
James relaxing on a Barcelona Rooftop  © James Pearson Collection

Features Exclusive Interview: James Pearson

James Pearson on the second ascent of Gerty Berwick at Ilkley  © David Simmonite
James Pearson on the second ascent of Gerty Berwick at Ilkley  © David Simmonite

Photo James Pearson on Gerty Berwick

Neil Gresham, John Dunne and James Pearson  © Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com
Neil Gresham, John Dunne and James Pearson  © Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com

News James Pearson... E12 justification

Landscape photo of Dyers Lookout, Devon  © chris s
Landscape photo of Dyers Lookout, Devon  © chris s

News James Pearson climbs Devon Project - E12 7a

The Cratcliffe Groove Finally Climbed!,  © David Simmonite Photography
The Cratcliffe Groove Finally Climbed!,  © David Simmonite Photography

News James Pearson Climbs Cratcliffe Groove E10 7b


Latest Reviews for James's Sponsors

Reviews from the UKC editorial team

TNF futurelight montage  © Rebecca Ting

The North Face Summit L5 LT FUTURELIGHT Jacket and Trousers

In a campaign that challenges us to "Defy the past: Wear the future" The North Face's FUTURELIGHT has been heralded as a revolutionary new waterproof/breathable technology. Very much in the present, Rebecca Ting tests the Summit Series L5 LT FU...

Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear
Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear

Bombproof Winter Mountain Shells

What's the ideal shell for Scottish winter climbing and gnarly hill walks? A beefy and protective one! Here we review tough technical jackets from 12 leading manufacturers.

ISPO 2020 montage  © UKC/UKH Gear
ISPO 2020 montage  © UKC/UKH Gear

ISPO 2020 - Best in Show

The first major trade show of the new decade brought the world's outdoor industry to Munich in an annual pageant of product fondling and hobnobbing. Here are some of our highlights...

LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear
LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes - Women's/LV Fit

In this group test we compare nine pairs of performance shoes with a women's / low volume fit. How did they all do...?

Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear
Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear

Approach Shoes

Whether you're approaching a mountain crag or out on a scramble or via ferrata, an approach shoe will be lighter and more nimble than a boot,...

L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket montage  © John McKenna
L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket montage  © John McKenna

The North Face Summit L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket & Summit L1 Climb Trousers

John McKenna tries this combination of a light shell jacket and softshell trousers...

Kaptiva thumb  © Mark Glaister
Kaptiva thumb  © Mark Glaister

La Sportiva Kaptiva Trail Shoes

More than just a trail running shoe, the Kaptiva can cope with most of what the UK hills can throw at it, says Bridget Collier.


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Wild Country virtual showroom  © Wild Country

Wild Country Product Preview - Spring/Summer 2021

As we approach the time of year where we are looking around to check out all the new gear coming out for SS21 we are faced with the realisation that this year will be slightly different. No international trade shows or brand sales meeti...

Towers of Tigray 1  © The North Face
Towers of Tigray 1  © The North Face

The North Face presents: Towers of Tigray

With a rich history of climbing, the Tigray region of Ethiopia has always provided an incredible opportunity to discover another world. Priests and worshippers have scaled rock towers and cliffs since as far back as the 4th Century, creating...

La Sportiva Theory and Solution Comp

La Sportiva have two new shoes arriving for SS'20: the Solution Comp and the Theory. Extreme sensitivity combined with high dynamism allows the Theory to have unprecedented pedidextarity and reactivity on holds. The Solution Comp is a softer and...

Volunteers working on the Hardknott forest project  © Restoring Hardknott Forest Project
Volunteers working on the Hardknott forest project  © Restoring Hardknott Forest Project

Restoring Hardknott Forest

Hardknott Forest is a 600 hectare conifer plantation in the upper reaches of the Duddon valley in the Lake District. It was...

La Sportiva Jackal - Mountain Running Shoe

The Jackal is a mountain running shoe dedicated to off-road running over ultra distances

Wild Country Zero Friends comprehensively reviewed at Outside

New in at Outside, check out the latest tiny cams from Wild Country; a refined piece of gear...

ISPO 2020 Clothing  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Clothing  © UKC

ISPO 2020 - New Clothing

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than...


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